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Vintage Flower Basket

Flower Basket

 

This Flower Basket is of a vintage patern with girly frills skirting both the top and the bottom of the basket.

I am pasting the original pattern here but will give you a photographic explaination on how to work ths very pretty and extremely easy pattern…It’s so easy that I finished this in just 4-5 hours.

It’s a great adn unusal pattern to use to give gifts of chocolate, flowers, scented soap bars, little aromatherapy oils and scents etc…….

Materials Needed are:

#10 Aunt Lydia’s thread….it comes in 100 gm balls…but you will need jsut 1/3rd of it.

Hook 1.75mm is what I used ..you can go utp to 2:00mm

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plastic wrap

A cardboard roll  or any hollow pipe cut to size to hold the shape of the basket

wood glue/quickfix/ a very strong starch spray

pins

To decorate the basket 

Ribbons/bows/satin flowers,buttons/stars etc

Pattern

Here there are 2 patterns…I am doing only the first one now. In this post since the pattern has been given in such detail, I am not going to write out each row…rather I have taken pics as I made this and have used them here to help you along.

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Method:

Row 1:

3ch…then 23 dcs into a 5chain loop; ss.

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Row 2:

3ch, dc in same space; dc; 2 dc in same space;,dc until end then ss.

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Row 3:

Same as Row 2

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Row 4:

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Row 5

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Row 6: 

Once the required base is acquired….you need to get the basket to build upwards….so cut the thread and begin to hook in the back loop only.  The pic below is form the internet and not my own…but it will help illustrate what back loop and front loop is.

 

Rows 7  to 15:

 

 

 

 

 

Row 16:

Now from here on up to the 23rd row the top of the basket widens like a funnel…Follow the stick count carefully…

Row 17 to 23: Pls refer to the pattern above

 

 

Top Ruffle

Row 24 to 27: Please check the  pattern above…

 

Bottom Ruffle

Please check the pattern above…

Handle

Please check the pattern above…

 

Blocking

Use a mixture of  Fabric gum and quick fix….and paint it over the basket allowing the mixture to soak into the thread.

Folllow the instructions as above to shape the basket.

Add some pretty bows, buttons and flowers….fix the handle and You have a very pretty basket.

Crochet Indian Vegetable(Karela/BitterGourd)

Crochet Indian Vegetable Motif(Karela/BitterGourd)

We Indians just love our veggies…….and have thousands and thousands of recipes for each vegetable. Our ancient and traditional meals are wholly balanced with proteins, carbs, vitamins,minerals etc taken into consideration….they r definetely not the over spiced oily version that seems to be passed off as Indian cooking commercially.

http://healthbenefitsofeating.com/fruit/15-health-benefits-karela/

One veggie that is a great favourite and is full of nutrients is Karela or Pavakka(bitter gourd). Since there aren’t any crochet Karela to be found…I have just created a motif pattern for this wonderful all Indian veggie.

Materials used

Anchor #20 green

Hook #1.25mm

Abbreviations Used

ch – chain

sc – single crochet

dc – double crochet

ss – slip stitch

Pattern

Row 1

chain 4; 3dc into the first chain (4 stitches)

Row 2

3ch up, 1dc in same stitch(increase); 1 dc in the next 2 stitches; 2 dc into the last stitch(increase) (6 stitches)

Row 3

3ch up, 1dc in same stitch(increase); 1 dc in the next 4 stitches; 2 dc into the last stitch(increase) (8 stitches)

Row 4

3 ch up; dc in each of the following stitches (8 stitches)

Row 5

3 ch up;  decrease by one in the next 2 stitches; dc in dc; decrease by one in the next 2 stitches; dc in dc; dc in dc (6 stitches)

Row 6

3 ch up;decrease by one in the next 2 stitches;decrease by one in the next 2 stitches; dc in dc (4 stitches)

Cut the thread.

Now you need to make the ridges on the Karela..

Make a ss and join to the tip of the motif. We will be working on the top of the motif…working in a vertical line across the surface of the motif.

we will be making 3 ridge lines along the motif.

the pattern for the ridge line is….

ss, sc; hdc,hdc, sc, ss;

Repeat this until the end of the line…u don’t have to cut the thread…just make another ss and return along the next line to the other end and then one more time.

Now ss around the motif and when you reach the narrowest tip 2 chs; ss in the first ch (this creates a very thin and narrow tip) and continue ss until the rest of the motif.

Recipes for Karela

https://www.tarladalal.com/recipes-using-bitter-gourd-214

Damaru ( An Indian drum)

DAMARU(Shiva’s celestial drum)

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The damaru is very common throughout the Indian subcontinent. The damaru is known as a power drum, and when played, it is believed to generate spiritual energy. It is associated with the Hindu deity Shiva. It is believed that Sanskrit language was recognized by the drumbeats of the damaru (see Shiva Sutra for the sounds), and his performance of the cosmic dance of tandava. The damaru is used by itinerant musicians of all stripes, due to its small portable size.

For more information on the Damaru….Pls check out this blog post.

http:/http://www.hinduwebsite.com/hinduism/concepts/damaru.asp

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Materials Required

#20 Anchor thread in – Off white, light beige and brown

Hook #1.25mm

2 plastic cirlces or rounds cut out of a palstic mat(can use old table mats)

Polyfibre for stuffing

Two med sized beads…of any texture or colour

Pattern

Make the base of the Damaru

Begin with the off white thread

Magic knot

First Round

sc into the magic knot ; ss

(total stitches 6)

When you hook in the scs remember to hook into both the loops of each sc.

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Second Round

2 sc into each continue until end; ss

(total stitches 12)

Third Round

2 sc in first sc; 1sc in next; continue  end; ss

(total stitches 18)

Fourth Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 2 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 24)

Fifth Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 3 scs; continue until end ; ss

(total stitches 30)

Cut the thread…and tuck it in.

We Now Begin the rim of the drum

 Add the light beige

 6th Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 4 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 36)

7th Round

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 Hook only in the front loop….until the end of the body of the damaru

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1sc in each sc; until end; ss

(total stitches 36)

Cut the thread…and tuck it in.

Now we begin the body of the drum

Add the brown

8th Round

 Same as Round 7

(total stitches 36)

9th Round

 Same as Round 7

(total stitches 36)

Begin Decreasing

 10th Round

Reduce one sc every 4 stitches

(total stitches 30)

11th Round

Reduce 1 sc every 3 stitches

(total stitches 24)

12th Round

Reduce 1 sc every 2 stitches

(total stitches 18)

13th Round

 Reduce 1sc every 1sc

(total stitches 12)

14th Round

1 sc in each sc

(total stitches 12)

Now Begin the Increase

15th Round

  2sc in first sc; 1sc in next; continue until end ss

(total stitches 18)

16th Round

2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 2 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 24)

17th Round

 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 3 scs; continue until end; ss

(total stitches 30)

18th Round

 2 sc, 1 sc in each of the next 4 scs; continue until end; ss (total stitches 36)

19th & 20th Rounds

1 sc in each of the following sc

(total stitches 36)

Cut the brown thread…and tuck it in.

 We Now Begin the rim of the drum

 Add the light beige thread

21st Round

Same as round 20th

(total stitches 36)

Cut thread and finish off.

Cut two pastic  rounds slightly smaller than the bases you have made from the old plastic table mat .

Push one of these into the bottom of the damaru so that it stays firm and acts as a sturdy base.

Use enough Polyfibre to give the damaru some shape.

Make a second base and using a needle sew this base to the open portion of the damaru.

Now fix the second base onto the top of the opening of the damaru using a needle to sew it on.

Cut thread and tuck it in.

Now you have to make the thread of the damaru.

Using a needle create a zig zag stitch from one base of the damru to the other…..then turn the damru upside down and make another zig zag stitch the same way.

Fix two medium sized beads to a string and tie it in the middle of the damru..

Lo Behold…Bhagwan Shiva’s Damru is done….

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Crochet Rose

Crochet Rose

 

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Crochet Chronicles:

Aren’t roses beautiful? I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t love this glorious genre of flowers. And this is seen in the profusion of patterns created and posted by so many talented crocheters . So today I thought let me make a little rose to go with the hairband that I posted here last week.  This pattern is a very simple one and a very popular one as well….

Materials Used:

Red Rose Thread #10

Hook : 1.5 mm

Tapestry needle

Method:

Depending on how big and how many layers you want your rose to be…Hook in chains in multiples of 3….each 3 chains represents a petal. I am making a little rose to fit in with the hair band that I made.

Hook in 39 chains plus 3. Total 42 chains.

Row 1:

3 ch, skip 3 chains and dc in 4th chain; *3ch, skip 3chains and dc in 4th chain*….continue ** until the end. what you get is a pattern like a ladder…….with 3 chain loops.

 

Row 2:

Now we create the petal on top  of first row.

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Now, slowly roll the petals using the ladder part as the stem. Make sure that when you roll the petals around each other it forms not the shape of a rose. Use a tapestry needle to sew the stem and the inner petals in place so that it stays together.

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And voila…You have a lovely little rose…:-)

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Here are some graphs to make roses uses different combinations of stitches in almost the same way.

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Just to practice do try to make some of the other roses as well…..Enjoy yourselves..and above all ..Keep that smile on..Love and Hugs…:-)

Krishna Ashtami – Krishna Pendant

Peacock Feather & Flute Pendant

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How to make the Peacock Feather

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Materials Used:

Thread: Red Rose #8 in 3 colors and Red Rose Metallic Gold

Hook: .09mm and .075 mm

I used this link to make the peacock feather appliqué used in this pendant

http://livingthecraftlife.blogspot.ae/2014/02/peacock-feather-applique-free-pattern.html

In the last round I used a very thin golden machine embroidery thread. First I threaded in matt gold seed beads…..Use  hook #.075mm or less for this row.

chain one up , sc in same stitch; sc while adding the seed bead to that sc; sc; sc with bead…continue until you finish the last round.

At the crown of the peacock Appliqué …add a stone.

Flute:

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For the Flute you need to create wha tis called an cord in crochet. It is also known as tubular crochet where you crochet in the same manner but use beads as well…This is a very beautiful form of crochet. How ever, here, I have just used a plain gold thread to make the flute. And because of the minuteness of the work, I used a match stick to help me. It made crocheting a tube in such fine thread much easier.

Hint: Make sure that you put in a marker to show your starting point at the beginning of each round.

The link below will help in showing you how an cord is worked.

http://perchica.ru/post340632462/?upd

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The above is the same method used for the flute….made below…..

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 I started the tube with 5 chains in the first round; then 5 scs in every consecutive round until I reached the edge of the match stick.

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When you reach the edge of the flute slowly reduce the number of stitches in the round. In a flute …the end form where you blow is flat. To create this sc dec (single crochet decrease) is done.

Single crochet Decrease

Begin the round with 4 scs……then skip the next  sc; ss.

chain up; sc into next  4 stitches…that is repeat the previous round here.

Chain up; 3 scs inot next 3 stitches; skip the fourth stitch;ss

Repeat the previous round again.

Chain up; 2 scs into the next 2 stitches; skip the third stitch; ss

Repeat the previous round twice.

Now you have a tapered and flat end on one side of the flute.

Once the work on the flute is over…. use a thin flexible crochet wire or any jewellery metallic wire to add embellishments. You can also sew on beads and other decorations depending on your artistic taste..;-)

I used the thin wire behind the peacock feather and threaded it in and out of the 5th row to give the feather a stiffness and I twisted the same wire without cutting it to create a loop at the top. I, then crocheted scs over the wire to cover it. This created a loop through which I can run a chain to hang the pendant from.

The flute was sewn on after work on the feather was completed. For added firmness I used another piece of the  wire from behind the pendant  to secure the flute on.

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And That’s that….a lovely locket to wear for a special occasion!!!

For other Ashtami patterns do check these links….

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2206&action=edit&postpost=v2

https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/2015/09/03/krishna-ashtami-crochetbaby-feet-motif/

Krishna Ashtami Crochet…..

Matkas (Indian Earthen Pots)

 

Continuing with the Krishna Series……

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Butter was supposed to be a favorite of Baby Krishna’s….5000 years ago ..and even now in rural homes butter is often stored in earthenware pots hung from the ceiling. these are known as Hundis. I made two pots or urns or as we call them matches, that are kept on the floor cos for last time’s Janmashtami I had made a hundi.

Material Used
Cotton Yarn : Nature’s from Soft feather

Colors  Used : Brown and ecru

Hook : 3.00mm

Abbreviations Used:

sc – Single Crochet

sc inc – single crochet increase

ss – slip stitich

hdc – Half double Crochet

Note: The numbers seen at the end of each round in brackets are the total number of stitches in each round. Make sure that you get the count right.

Pattern

 

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Magic Ring

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Round 1: Make 6 scs into the magic ring; ss (6)

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Round 2: chain one up; sc inc  in all stitches ( sc inc means you increase the single corrects by one in each of the scs of the previous row or 2 secs in each of the 6 scs); ss (12)

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Round 3: chain one up; sc in same stitch; sc inc in next stitch; *sc in next stitch; 2 sc or sc inc in next stitch* ; **until end of round; ss. (18)

Round 4: chain one up; 2 sc in same stitch; sc  in next stitch; *2 sc in next stitch; sc in next stitch*;  ** until end of round; ss.  (24)

Round 5: chain one up; sc in same stitch; sc in next two stitches; sc inc  in next stitch;( 3 sc in next 3 stitches; sc inc in next stitch)until you come to the end of the round; ss. (30)

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Round 6: chain one up;  sc inc in same stitch; *4 scs in next  4s titches; sc inc in next stitch*; ** until round is over; ss. (36)

Round 7: chain one up; sc inc  in same stitch; * 5 scs in next  5 stitches; sc inc in next stitch*; ** until end of round; ss. (42)

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Round 8: chain one up;  sc in same stitch; 5 scs in next 6 stitches; *sc inc in next stitch; 6 scs in next 6 stitches*; ** until end of round; ss. (48)

Round 9: chain one up; sc in each stitch until end of round. (48)

Now we will create a design on the pot

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(Suggestion..Do watch any Youtube tutorials on Tapestry crochet to get an idea on how to work the color changes)

Round 10: chain one up; change colour but do not cut away the brown yarn. work scs right around the circle.(48)

Round 11:  Now using the brown yarn ( but do not cut the ecru yarn)hook in 6 scs in the next 6 stitches. add in the ecru yarn and hook inn one sc. Again pull in the brown yarn and hook in 6 stitches. then hook in a sc using ecru. Continue until end.(48)

Round 12: Cut away the ecru -Using only brown form now on – chain one up; sc in each stitch until end of round. (48)

Now you need to decrease the pattern in order to get the narrow mouth of the matka.

Round 13: chain up ; sc in same stitch; 5 sc in next 5 stitches; *skip one stitch; 6 stitches in next  6 stitches*; ** until end ; ss.

Round 14: chain up ; sc in same stitch; scs in next 4 stitches; *skip one stitch; 5 stitches in next 5 stitches*; ** until end ; ss.

Round 15: chain up ; sc in same stitch; 3 scs in next 3 stitches; *skip one stitch; 4 stitches in next 4 stitches*; ** until end ; ss.

Round 16: chain up ; sc in same stitch; 2 scs in next 2 stitches; *skip one stitch; 3 stitches in next 3 stitches*; ** until end ; ss.

The next two rounds will make the rim of the mouth of the pot….

Round 17: chain up; sc in each stitch all around; ss.

 

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Round 18: 2 chain up; hdc in each stitch all around;  ss.

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Fold the hdc round outwards and either ss to the neck of the matka from the inside or use a needle and thread and sew it in that manner.

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Stuff the matka with poly fibre.. And there you go….a beautiful matka all ready to decorate your home for Krishnaashtami…

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Krishna Ashtami Crochet/Baby Feet Motif

Krishna Paadha(Krishna’s Feet)

Krishna Series….

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Crochet Chronicles

I have been asked by many who read my blog to make a Krishna doll and post the pattern..I am still working on that one….so for the time being I made a few other things that one can crochet for Krishnaashtami.

The Lotus Feet of Lord Krishna is part of the bhakthi (worship) of Krishna. It is said that the path that as he walked he left a footprint of fragrant red foot prints….it is also said that he loved butter and would often raid the kitchen where this was stored.

Being but a child, he would leave a mess behind and that his mother Yeshodamayi would catch ihm following the trail of butter stained foot prints that he left behind…:-)

On Lord Krishna’s Birthday which we call Janmaashtami……All Hindu households celebrate and one of the ways to decorate the house is to draw baby footprints(with rice flour) from your entrance door or compound gate to your pooja room (place where you pray, Hindu households usually have a separate room for this…here the altar is decorated with flowers, fruits and we make all kinds of delicacies which Krishna loved). This is to show that Krishna on his birthday has visited your home and blessed it. It is a wonderful idea and as  children, while my Mother and Aunts drew the baby feet…we lit earthen lamps along the footprint path….

This is what I have tried to recreate using crochet as my mode of expression.

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Material Used

Yarn used: Laura Knitting Cotton.

Hook Used: 3.00 mm

Abbreviations Used

sc – Single Crochet

hdc – Half Double Crochet

dc – Double Crochet

ss – slip stitch

Pattern

Feet 

Round 1

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Step 1: chain in 9 stitches

Step 2: 3 scs into the 2nd chain from hook.

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Step 3 : scs in each of the next 6 chains.

Step 4: 3 scs in the last chain

Step 5: scs in the next 6 chains on the other side.

Step 6: ss.

Round 2:

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Step 1: 3 chain up, 1 dc in same stitch; 3 dc in next stitch; 2dc in next stitch;

Step 2: hdc in next stitch

Step 3: sc in the next 14 stitches…i.e; sc in all stitches around the first round until the last but one stitch.

Step 4: ss.

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That is the main part of the foot done.

Toes

The first toe, also known as the hallux (“big toe” or “great toe”), the innermost toe
The second toe, or “long toe”
The third toe, or “middle toe”
The fourth toe, or “ring toe”
The fifth toe, “little toe”, “pinky toe”, or “baby toe”, the outermost toe.


We will start working from the little toe to the Big toe..

Little Toe or the Baby Toe or the Pinky Toe:

When you make the slip knot….make it loose…giving enough space in there to allow way for your hook.

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Then ss into the slip knot and pull tight. Then tuck the tails in neatly and cut off the extra lengths.

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The Fourth Toe or Ring Toe:

Make a slip knot, chain 2 and make a sc into the first chain

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Then ss into the slip knot…

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Tuck and cut away the extra tail…

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There is your fourth toe…

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Third Toe/Middle Toe:

Magic Ring.

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Hook in 3 scs into the the magic ring…make a ss into first chain the first sc….Pull tight, then tuck in the extra tail.

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Long Toe/Second Toe: 

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Ditto as Third toe…except hook in 4 scs into magic ring.

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Fifth Toe/Big Toe:

Ditto as Third toe except hook in 5 scs into magic ring.

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I made three more baby feet to show Baby Krishna walking towards pots of butter…:-)

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And there you go…..It’s so easy to make….I hope you do try this for next Janmashtami. Take Care until my next post..:-)

To make the Matkas/pot/urns….Pls check my other post here….at…https://crochetnmore.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=2206&action=edit&postpost=v2